How to Quit on a High Note, or, a Not So Dumb Retirement Announcement

Get the laughs out of your system now. I know I deserve them. We’ve been through this before. But it’s different this time.

You ready? You’re sure? Okay, let’s do this.

After a rewarding double season with the Skrewts and San Jose State, I am happy (and relieved, honestly) to retire from playing quidditch the way I always wanted to go out: on a high note.

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I’m patting myself on the back for a moment: All The Referee of the Year Candidates Are Men and You Should Be Pissed About It broke Face Beat It‘s record for hits in one day, clocking in at just a hair under one thousand page views.

Okay, enough of that. As happy as I am to stir up the conversation about women in quidditch, that’s not enough. My feminism isn’t shit if it’s not intersectional. I’m a white, cisgender, straight woman who voted for Hillary, a stereotype of White Feminism if there ever was one.

But I want to be better than that. I want to keep shining a light on what it’s like to be a minority in this sport. I want to keep this conversation going.

I can’t write about what it’s like to be LGBTQA+ or a person of color in quidditch by myself, but I want to. My experience as a woman is far from the only perspective that needs to be shared.

So if you’d like to share your experience, I’d like to provide a platform for you. Feel free to message me, leave a comment here, or email me: elizabeth@barcelosknows.com

Someone has to be the Angry Feminist Killjoy of quidditch and I feel like that burden has fallen upon me. Well, so be it. I love a good soapbox to preach from. Inspired by one of my favorite Nickelodeon shows of the 90s, I’m kicking off a new series on Face Beat It: Barcelos Explains It All.

Today, I’m taking on something that has bothered me for ages: how few nonmale quidditch head referees there are and why. While it’s by no means a comprehensive article, it’s a start.

It also references the greatest quidditch headline of all time because I’m a hack and I couldn’t help myself.

Enough beating around the bush. Go ahead and read All The Referee of the Year Candidates Are Men and You Should Be Pissed About It over on Face Beat It.